San Diego: Two San Diego police officers shot dead a 15- year old boy on Saturday. The young student of the Torrey Pines High School was shot dead by the two officers in the parking lot of the school where he studied.
Police officers claimed that the child was armed with a BB gun and he was shot when he pointed the gun at police officers. Police officers had arrived on the scene after a call was made on 911 about a vulnerable teenager.
Reports suggest that the two officers were wearing body cameras and that the entire sequence of event might have been saved by the cameras they were wearing. But till now the authorities have not released the footage of the incident
In the meantime authorities claim that the 15-year old boy who has been identified as Torrey Pines freshman Jacob Peterson was carrying a suicide note. They also claim that the 911 call was also made by the same boy.
San Diego Police Department’s (SDPD) Lt. Mike Holden told the media “The note indicates the (boy) planned the incident that resulted in his death”.
San Diego Police Department said that in response to a 911 call asking the officers to check on an unarmed boy, when Officers Gilbert Flores and Kai Johnson reached the scene, they spotted the boy in the front parking lot. As they approached, he pulled what appeared to be a firearm from his waistband and pointed it at one of them, ignoring orders to drop the weapon, Holden said. As the boy began to advance on one of the lawmen, both of them opened fire. Paramedics took the teen to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The boy was hit multiple times.
The two police officers, in the meantime have been placed on desk duty pending completion of investigations in the case. Meanwhile the students of his school are shocked. They describe the child as very affable who believed in helping other students and was never known to do something irresponsible.
Principal of the school Rob Coppo has written a long note to his students. The note was also shared on school’s Facebook page. “As a community, we will need to support each other and unite as a … family,” the note read.
In the meantime the child’s mother told FOX 5 on Sunday, that her family was “mourning the loss of a loving and wonderful young man. We ask that you respect our privacy as we remember him and all he meant to us.”
Meanwhile civil rights activists have demanded the police to release the footage saved in the body camera from the fatal shooting. “People are shocked, angry, frightened, and already questioning why body-camera footage isn’t being made available as soon as possible…This should not happen in America and people want to know if what happened had to happen or if this unfortunate result was in any way avoidable”, said a civil right activist in the state.